Google today announced the refreshed Nexus 7 and just revealed it will ship by the end of the month, on July 30. The device will come in three flavors: 16GB Wi-Fi for $229, 32GB Wi-Fi for $269, and 32GB LTE for $349.
That launch date (and pricing) is naturally for the US. In addition to being able to order the tablet on Google Play, Americans will be able to buy it from the following retailers (“more than ever before” Google says): Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, Staples, OfficeMax, Office Depot, Amazon.com, HSN, RadioShack, J&R, and B&H.
As can be expected with most tablet launches, those retailers will mainly carry the Wi-Fi versions of the device. Google also mentioned T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon as partners, but wouldn’t share a date for when they will carry the LTE device.
Google is also promising the three models will be coming to Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Japan, Spain, South Korea, and the UK, in the coming weeks. Unsurprisingly, there is an even broader international rollout in the months to come, but Google wouldn’t detail which countries or when.
The new Nexus 7 comes with the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It is almost 2mm thinner than the original Nexus 7, 50 grams lighter, and has an even longer battery life.
The biggest update is undoubtedly the screen: a 1080p HD (1920×1200) display. The device also features surround sound with 5.1 audio, a front-facing 1.2 megapixel camera, a 5 megapixel rear facing camera, all powered by a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset and 2GB of memory.
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